Ultrasound Scans – Nationwide Service

Ultrasound is safe and painless and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Also called ultrasound scanning or sonography it involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image.

Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays) and therefore there is no radiation exposure to the patient. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body.

Ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose:

  • tendon tears, or tendinitis of the rotator cuff in the shoulder, Achilles tendon in the ankle and other tendons throughout the body.
  • muscle tears, masses or fluid collections.
  • ligament sprains or tears.
  • inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and joints.
  • early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • benign and malignant soft tissue tumours.
  • ganglion cysts.
  • foreign bodies in the soft tissues (such as splinters or glass).

Ultrasound scanners consist of a console containing a computer and electronics, a video display screen and a transducer that is used to do the scanning. The transducer is a small hand-held device attached to the scanner by a cord. The transducer sends out inaudible high frequency sound waves into the body and then listens for the returning echoes from the tissues in the body.

The ultrasound image is immediately visible on a video display screen that looks like a computer or television monitor. The image is created based on the amplitude (loudness), frequency (pitch) and time it takes for the ultrasound signal to return from the area of the patient being examined to the transducer (the device used to examine the patient), as well as the type of body structure and composition of body tissue through which the sound travels. A small amount of gel is put on the skin to allow the sound waves to travel back and forth from the transducer.

In an ultrasound examination, a transducer both sends the sound waves and receives the echoing waves. When the transducer is pressed against the skin, it directs small pulses of inaudible, high-frequency sound waves into the body. As the sound waves bounce off internal organs, fluids and tissues, the sensitive microphone in the transducer records tiny changes in the sound’s pitch and direction. These signature waves are instantly measured and displayed by a computer, which in turn creates a real-time picture on the monitor. One or more frames of the moving pictures are typically captured as still images. Small loops of the moving “real time” images may also be saved.

For certain ultrasound examinations of the musculoskeletal system, the patient may be seated on an examination table or chair. For other ultrasound exams, the patient is positioned lying face-up or face-down on an examination table. The radiologist or sonographer may ask you to move the extremity being examined or may move it for you to evaluate the anatomy and function of the joint, muscle, ligament or tendon.

After you are positioned on the examination table, the radiologist or sonographer will apply a warm water-based gel to the area of the body being studied. The gel will help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin that can block the sound waves from passing into your body. The transducer is placed on the body and moved back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured.

There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined. However, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor pain from the transducer.

After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.

Benefits of ultrasound

Most ultrasound scanning is non-invasive (no needles or injections).  Occasionally, an ultrasound exam may be temporarily uncomfortable, but it is almost never painful.  Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation and gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.

Ultrasound can be an excellent alternative to MRI for claustrophobic patients.  Compared to MRI, ultrasound may provide greater internal detail when assessing soft tissue structures such as tendons and nerves.

Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show the movement of a soft tissue structure such as a tendon, joint or an extremity.

To learn more about our nationwide diagnostic imaging services that includes ultrasound scanning please do contact Amanda O’Neill, Business Development Director on 0121 732 9860 or aoneill@curianmedical.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Nationwide EMDR

What is EMDR?

EMDR is an acronym for ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’.

EMDR is used for individuals who have experienced severe trauma that remains unresolved.  When a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms. The memory and associated stimuli are inadequately processed and stored in an isolated memory network. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their lingering effects and allowing patients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms.

EMDR is not simply the use of eye movements. Rather it is a comprehensive therapeutic approach with principles, protocols and procedures with the goal of reducing distress in the shortest period of time.

What can I expect when I meet the therapist?

When you first meet with your EMDR therapist, your therapist will spend time getting to know your history. This generally includes the kind of distress you are experiencing, the kind of difficulties you have experienced, if you have physical problems, if you are taking medication and explore the support you have. If your therapist feels EMDR is suited for your difficulty, then s/he will describe the EMDR model to you and explain the theory.

You can ask your therapist questions and express any concerns you may have. Your therapist will spend some time doing some relaxation exercises with you, which could include ‘safe or pleasant place’ exercises, guided visualisation, deep muscle relaxation, breathing retraining etc.

Once you and your therapist feel that you are sufficiently prepared, you can then target a distressing memory with the eye movements or other forms of left-right alternating stimulation, such as sound or taps. Your therapist will ask you to select an image that represents the distressing event. You will then be asked to think about negative and positive thoughts, your feelings, the amount of distress you feel and where you feel it in your body.

Your therapist will then begin the eye movements while you hold the image in mind. After each set of eye movements your therapist will ask you what came to mind or what you noticed during the eye movements. During the eye movements you may experience the distressing event quite intensely to start with, but this distress generally reduces as the memory is processed with EMDR.

Your therapist will continue with the eye movements until your distress is reduced as much as possible. Your therapist will then ask you to think about your positive thought and also check whether there is any part of your body where you still feel distress. Before the end of the session, your therapist will give you time to feel calm again, using the safe-pleasant place exercise or relaxation techniques.

Conditions EMDR has successfully been used for

EMDR is a psychotherapy that aims to help you put the hurtful, tragic, humiliating, painful or frightening experiences behind you if you feel they are still affecting you now. As well as PTSD, it has been used successfully to treat a variety of problems where negative life experiences seem to be at the root of such diagnoses as:

  • anxiety and worry
  • low mood and depression
  • relationship difficulties
  • low self esteem
  • phobias
  • eating disorders
  • complex grief
  • addiction
  • chronic pain

Curian Medical has access to a number of therapists throughout the UK who are able to deliver EMDR treatment.  We offer appointments in a timely manner, close to the patients address and at competitive prices.  To learn more about our nationwide counselling services, which include CBT and EMDR, please do feel free to contact Amanda O’Neill, Business Development Director, on 0121 732 9860.

To learn how you can join our panel of experts for counselling services please do feel free to email us at enquiries@curianmedical.co.uk

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Nationwide Physiotherapy Services

I am delighted to be able to inform you that here at Curian Medical we continue to expand our nationwide physiotherapy services.  We have an extensive network of experts on our panel whom we utilise regularly.  We work with a broad range of clients from insurers, solicitors, medical reporting organisations and case management companies, delivering this timely treatment.

Curian Medical recognise the value and importance of early intervention for rehabilitation.  As such, upon receipt of your instruction, Curian Medical will match appropriately your patient to one of the physiotherapists on our panel.  We appreciate location is key and therefore select a conveniently located venue which usually results in the patient having to travel less than 5 miles for appointments.

All physiotherapists are managed via our Curative Team in Birmingham and are fully qualified and members of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists) and the Healthcare Professionals Council (HCPC). Each physiotherapist on our panel must have at least 3 years post graduate experience.  If you are interested in joining our panel then do please feel free to contact us via enquiries@curianmedical.co.uk

Our Curative Team keep clients updated on each case referred via our bespoke patient management database.

In order to ensure we deliver a clinically effective and quality service we engage an independent physiotherapist to conduct quarterly audits.  The results of our first audit in Q1 of 2015 are in and I am delighted that all reports audited fell well within acceptable levels.

Our full range of injury rehabilitation services are designed to return claimants back to, or as near to, their pre-injured condition, as soon as clinically possible.

INITIAL ASSESSMENT

We will co-ordinate an initial assessment for your patient at the earliest opportunity and provide you with a report indicating the number of physiotherapy sessions required. The Initial Assessment report is included in our fees. We have our own reporting templates available, however we are happy to work with our clients if they have specific requirements surrounding these templates.

TREATMENT SESSIONS

Our Curative Team will keep you informed of your patients’ progress via our bespoke patient management database.

DISCHARGE REPORT

With no additional charge we will issue you with a copy of the patients discharge report.

Curian Medical has implemented a competitive pricing structure for this nationwide service and invoice at the end of treatment sessions.

If you would like to learn more about our nationwide physiotherapy service, or indeed any aspect of our diagnostic imaging or further treatment services in further detail then please do feel free to contact Amanda O’Neill on 0121 236 8377 or email aoneill@curianmedical.co.uk

Curian Medical – Nationwide X-ray Services

X-rays are a form of radiation that can pass through solid and semi-solid substances. In carefully controlled doses, they can be used to capture images of the body’s internal structures.  X-rays are carried out by radiographers who are healthcare professionals trained to use imaging technology.

During an X-ray you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a flat surface so that the part of your body being examined is positioned between the X-ray machine and a photographic plate.  The X-ray will last for a fraction of a second. As the X-rays hit the photographic plate, the plate captures a snapshot of the image.

Exposure to high levels of radiation can be very harmful. However, the X-rays used for medical purposes are safe because the dose of radiation is very small.  The strength of radiation in relation to long-term risk is measured using units called millisieverts (mSv).

As part of our suite of services Curian Medical has an extensive network of venues in which we can co-ordinate x-rays at affordable fees.  Our Curative Team are always very happy to clarify the costs, particularly with cases involving multiple x-rays or multiple views.

If you would like to learn more about our nationwide x-ray services then please do feel free to call Amanda O’Neill on 0121 236 8377 or aoneill@curianmedical.co.uk

Curian Medical announce additional MRI venues available immediately

I am delighted to announce that with immediate effect Curian Medical has access to a further 40 MRI scanning venues for patients.  These venues strengthen our already extensive network for Diagnostic Imaging.

We offer a broad range of modalities within our diagnostic imaging network at affordable pricing.  We appreciate the importance of timely imaging and our Curative Team will liaise with your client to ensure appointments are arranged at the earliest opportunity.

Curian Medical engage the services of an Independent Consultant Radiologist to conduct regular quarterly reviews on our diagnostic imaging services to ensure that we deliver high quality images and reports.

To learn how we can assist you with our nationwide diagnostic imaging network please do feel free to call Amanda O’Neill on 0121 236 8377 or aoneill@curianmedical.co.uk

 

Come join Curian Medical

Curian Medical boast one of the largest networks throughout the country for our independent rehabilitation services.

We work with counsellors, physiotherapists, pain management specialists, consultants, audiologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurophysicists and many more experts.

If you would like to join us and work closely with Curian Medical and our Curative Team please do feel free to give us a call.  We would love to hear from you 0121 236 8377 or enquiries@curianmedical.co.uk

Christmas at Curian Medical

Well Christmas has definitely arrived at the Curian Medical offices.  We have all recently enjoyed our Curian Christmas Party in Birmingham and a fantastic time was had by all.

All of us at Curian Medical would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers, suppliers and experts for their support throughout the year and we very much look forward to continuing to work with you all in 2015.  Wishing you and your families a wonderful and peaceful time during this festive period.

Our offices will be closed from Christmas Eve and we will be back to business on Monday 29th December.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

 

Curian Medical would like to hear from Audiologists

Curian Medical are currently looking to expand its audiology network and therefore we would like to hear from Audiologists who would welcome an opportunity to work with us.

Please do register your interest by contacting audiologyservices@curianmedical.co.uk

 

 

Curian Medical – Your partner of choice for Rehabilitation

Curian Medical works with a variety of organisations and our customer base includes everything from large insurance companies, personal injury solicitors, medical legal agencies to case management firms. Whatever the company size, all our customers receive the same professional care and support.

We pride ourselves on our thorough knowledge of our customers’ requirements and treat them as valued partners in business.

The medico legal sector continues to go through a period of change with 1st October 2014 seeing the introduction of new rules surrounding the cost for obtaining medical reports for low value soft tissue injury (whiplash) claims.  Even more announcements are expected in the coming months surrounding further changes within the industry.

Curian Medical welcomes the opportunity to work with even closer with our customers throughout this period of change, discussing any variations to needs and finding solutions to improve business.

To discuss the benefits of selecting Curian Medical as your partner of choice for rehabilitation please do call Amanda O’Neill on 0121 236 8377.

Curative Team Training Session

Curian Medical promotes staff development and training for its employees and as such our Curative Team will be involved in a training session from 10.00 a.m to 12 noon on Friday 5th September 2014.

Your account handler will be sure to respond to any emails or queries you may have during this period as quickly as possible.